False Flag: New Details Emerge on Santa Clara County ‘Military-Style’ Power Grid Attack

21st Century Wire says…

There’s hardly any doubt as to what this latest so-called ‘domestic terror’ attack was in actuality… 



As new information rolls in, it’s clear that this event in the Silicon Valley was a government-sanctioned operation


Greg Fernandez
We Are Change

“This was an unprecedented and sophisticated attack on an electric grid substation using military-style weapons.”
– U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)

A half hour before 150 rounds were fired into the PG&E substation in Coyote, California, in less than 20 minutes, an AT&T fiber optic cable was cut in an underground vault at the site causing a phone blackout at 12:58 a.m., according to what Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, told KTVU. That leaves a half hour gap between the phone blackout and the beginning of what former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman Jon Wellinghoff called a “well planned, coordinated and executed attack on a major piece of our electric grid infrastructure,” according to what he told CNN.

The FBI does not believe this was an attack by a terrorist organization, but they are still investigating what happened on April 16, 2013. San Francisco’s FBI spokesperson Peter Lee added “there is no nexus to terrorism at this time.” He called this a case of vandalism.


During the short attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation in Santa Clara County on April 16, 2013, some 17 transformers were taken out by a sniper or a team of snipers beginning at 1:31 a.m.

By the time police arrived the attackers or vandals were long gone. Surveillance cameras caught little more than the hail of bullets that struck the gates of the substation. No arrests have been made so far. Authorities found over 100 fingerprint-free shell casing and small piles of rocks that may have been left by “an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots,” according to Rob Wile of Business Insider.com. The article by Wile is based on another article by The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith. You must subscribe to the Wall Street Journal to read her original article in full.

KTVU reported that the phone black out affected local businesses as well, “Teri Bradford owns the Coyote Bait and Tackle shop down the street. She says they had power but no phones and didn’t know what had happened.”

In what appears to be a test-run for a future terror attack, a power grid blackout was avoided by quick-thinking utility workers who rerouted power around the Metcalf substation. Other power plants in Silicon Valley also helped out by producing more electricity to compensate for the PG&E transformers. The Metcalf substation had no power for over a month after the attack.

After the “domestic terror attack” Chairman Wellinghoff requested the U.S. Navy investigate.

Jon Wellinghoff stepped down as FERC chairman in November 2013. Now working as an energy law attorney, Wellinghoff believes tighter security measures by a federal agency would help prevent such attacks in the future, but other utility officials disagree. PG&E spokesperson Brian Swanson let everyone know that in situations like this, PG&E has redundancies set up “to reroute power around damaged equipment and keep the lights on for our customers.”

“This isn’t about this substation or this organized attack. This is more about the larger issue of physical security of these high-voltage substations nationwide and the need to ensure that some defensive measures start to be put in place.” – Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff

Wellinghoff is calling for a national coordinated plan with a federal agency in charge to prevent such attacks in the future. He remains deeply concerned about the vulnerability of the nation’s electricity system.

US Rep. Henry Waxman.

U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) also believes improved security measures need to be taken, and he said so during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in December of 2013.

In 2010 The GRID Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but was voted down in the U.S. Senate thereafter. The GRID Act was intended “to amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States against cybersecurity and other threats and vulnerabilities.”

If passed back in 2010, here are just a few things the GRID Act would have allowed the FERC to execute at their discretion:

• Authorizes FERC to issue such rules or orders without prior notice or hearing if it determines that a rule or order must be issued immediately to protect critical electric infrastructure from a cyber security vulnerability.
• Directs FERC, before issuing a rule or order, to consult with specified entities and federal agencies regarding implementation of actions that will effectively address the identified cyber security vulnerabilities.
• Requires the rule or order issued to address a cyber security vulnerability to expire on the effective date of a certain standard developed to address the cyber security vulnerability.
• Empowers the Secretary of Energy to require, by order, with or without notice, persons subject to FERC jurisdiction to take such actions as the Secretary determines will best avert or mitigate an immediate cyber security threat.

Representative Waxman hopes to “fix the gap in regulatory authority” and empower the FERC to deal with such threats and vulnerabilities. Expect another version of the GRID Act to find its way into the congressional halls very soon.

The precision of the attack suggests the suspects could be active, or ex-military personnel – or professional mercenaries comprised of ex-special forces snipers. Was this an act of vandalism or domestic terrorism? Could it be a training exercise of some sort? What did the perpetrators gain by disabling the power plant’s transformers and fiber optic cable? Was it more than to observe the response time of local authorities? If this was a training exercise, what were they training for? More so, who are they?

Are they training for an attack in Santa Clara, California? Super Bowl 50 will be held at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016. Before that happens, the stadium will host WWE WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015.

Or was the “vandalism” a training exercise for what happened in Arkansas months later where “multiple attacks on power lines & grid infrastructure led to millions of dollars in damage and brief power outages”?


READ MORE FALSE FLAG NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire False Flag Files

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  • Robert MacKay

    Never let a manufactured crisis go to waste or a staged domestic terror attack !

    This is another government run false flag operation !

    • Greg Fernandez Jr

      I just keep thinking why Santa Clara?

  • Lon Okolotowicz

    The powers that be want more power over daily life. I will not submit to their continued oppression of the masses. The line that the US Constitution draws in the sand has been left to the rears so far you can no longer see its impression. When will the mases wake up.

  • Sam Vats

    This was just one or two idiots taking pot shots at the transformers maybe ex-employees . Even the FBI thinks it was nothing yet the media hypes it up as scary Military guys or Veterans or Militia , i am shocked they did not add Christians and home schoolers to their list of likely terrorist .

    • wendy

      Sam, Maybe you are right. Yet 150 rounds of 223? or 7.62? if they just put some heavy metal on the transformers, this would not be a problem. Hardened steel at 1/2 inch is relatively low cost considering the alternative.
      And then, it is a non issue. A couple idiots would take a few shots, not 150. But it was someone trying to prove a point. Goal was to cause a power outage.

      • Hans Stuedalpie

        An alternative suggestion here: Rogue agents, secret government, Illuminati, terrorists, militants, vandals, etc….. aren’t to blame. The attack was carried out by patriot EX-military who wanted to draw millions of citizen’s attention to the likelihood of Rogue secret government plans to disable the power grid. By having a very small obvious and extremely well publicized attack on a very small part of the electric power grid, damage to people and infrastructure was extremely minimal… and …. a false flag attack on the power grid in a more major way later would look very very very… SUSPICIOUS!!!

        • John S. Bliss

          “well publicized attack”? I always watch the national news and this is the first tome I have heard about this happening, so, not really well publicized. If this was an attack aimed at really doing great harm, it would have been done in a higher profile location where the entire nation would have to see it happen. As for hardening the transformers, you’re talking about replacing billions of dollars of equipment ant that is pretty much out of the question. Real damage would be to take down one or more of the main transmission lines supplying the substations and the grid and knock out the power to a really large city in the middle of a peak demand period. Looks like this really didn’t cause any major problems or threat to life and limb. Looks like a test to see what the effect would be and the response to it. False Flag for sure.

      • Tuaca1107

        No it wasn’t the goal to cause a power outage. They could have done that by taking out insulators or just taking down the poles.

        • maybeperfect

          Ah but then they couldn’t blame the AR15s and since they’re black they get a two-fer.

      • Mary Brown

        1/2 inch of steel won’t stop a penetrator round. I have rounds for my Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle that would turn 1/2 inch steel into swiss cheese.

  • Tyler Westbrook

    At first they thought it was terrorism, but they had no evidence of Muslims involved…

    • Tuaca1107

      Let us not forget that WE have been defined as terrorists – muslims are peaceful people.

      • David Mowers

        That’s right cause when the people finally wake up and demand something is done about Wall Street, on that day, Fox News will suddenly be calling for changes to the Constitution.

  • Alleged Comment

    Somebody knew and planned it. That’s for sure.

  • Dan

    The Sheriff’s Office Firing Range and regional SWAT training center is just on other side of the 101 Freeway from this sub station. Police from all over the area go there to train, I’m sure DHS is there as well. I hear auto weapons fire and bombs going off from time to time.
    The damage estimate I heard is $30 million and 50,000 gal. of oil leaked into the creek. I’m surprised they have no security, especially after what Obama’s friends the weathermen did in the 1970s.

  • Ranger_Ric

    I would say far more likely than anything, it was an operation by the gov to provide the grounds for more restrictions, more federal “military” style law officers, more control.

  • Predrag J. Maranovic

    Snipers were probably NAVY SEAL team – hence FERC brought in Navy to investigate (cover-up).

    • Dan

      Navy seal would have taken out the power grid.. A rifle would not be there weapon of choice ….

  • Teresa Geib Bacon

    Just testing us? Preparing us for when they kill people?

  • Uncle_Meat

    It had to be an inside job to gain access to the vault where the fiber optic cable was cut. They aren’t saying much how that was accomplished.

    • John S. Bliss

      Not so. They are easily accessed all over the country. A “Vault” was probably a manhole/handhole where the cable is coiled up to store the loop that is required to provide access to the splice when working on it. There are only tens of thousands of these in the state of California and a few million across the nation.

  • Selmers

    Terrorists don’t test. They didn’t fly a small plane into a small building just to see what would happen. They didn’t fire off firecrackers at a marathon. They know that exposing us to our vulnerabilities just gives us time to improve them. Terrorists attack, at once, and unpredictedly.

  • David Mowers

    ..and as if on cue a piece of legislation was waiting in the wings to award some lucky defense contractor billions upon billions to safeguard the facilities.

    More “elite” entitlement giveaways.

  • Flintstone

    There is a public shooting range, also used by law enforcement, less than 2 miles from that same side of the freeway.
    Metcalf road is a steep mountain climb through a canyon
    Also the area is remote for the most part, just 4 lane freeway and a pay fish pond.

  • maybeperfect

    Another protection racket op. Equivalent of bitch slap from”security.biz/gov” pimp across face of crack-Ho republic.

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